Hours: Dinner (Tues.-Sat.)
Chef Vincent Petrillo preps around the clock, quite literally, in a tiny open kitchen set into the old carriage house of this historic venue. Greet him as you enter, then take a seat in the cozy, romantic dining room (seats are limited, so reservations are key), or on the enclosed garden patio in warmer weather. With its proximity to the new Gaillard Center, Zero George is ideal for pre-theater cocktails, exotic appetizers (Petrillo’s signature octopus dish won him “Best Young Chef” at an international cooking competition in Milan), or post-theater nightcaps. But don’t stop there. Dinner is a must for foodies, especially if you can plop down change for a tasting menu with pairings. Petrillo’s molecular gastronomy wizardry keeps you guessing as to how on earth he pulls off little touches like puffed anchovy crisps, citrus infusions, perfectly coddled three-minute duck eggs, crushed lobster shell broth, or a “nest” of dehydrated veal, all mere accents to well balanced dishes. The menu changes weekly. Some diners may recognize Petrillo from his success on Food Network’s Chopped!, but here in Charleston, the chef makes his streamlined boutique kitchen center stage. Ballin’ on a budget? Zero has recently rolled out a new Wine and Cheese happy hour. Every day from 5 to 6 p.m. order a cheese board and two glasses of wine for $25. —Allston McCrady (Dish, Summer 2018)
Chef Vinson Petrillo delivers big time fine dining in this tiny space. Try his three-course tasting menu for $55 or the full meal deal five-course menu for $115.